AFP Politics Blog – Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

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– News: Webb statement on NAACP anniversary, Thursday, 9 p.m. – News: Family Foundation president offers statement on House of Delegates votes on pro-life amendments in Virginia budget, Thursday, 9 p.m. – News: Shannon gets endorsements of Richmond, Norfolk mayors, Thursday, 4:15 p.m. – News: Perriello praised for voting against pay raise, Thursday, 4:15 p.m….

Shepherd Bliss | Farms heal

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After farming for most of the last sixteen years in semi-rural Sonoma County, Northern California, and being raised partly on our family farm in Iowa, I have come to understand that agriculture can serve many functions, in addition to producing food, fibers, and beverages. Some farms – especially non-industrial small family farms – are places…

The AFP Blog – Weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2009

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– Singletary’s #44 to be retired, Saturday, 7:10 p.m. – President Obama’s weekly address, Saturday, 8:04 a.m. – Gannett, Media General slump deepens, Friday, 12:55 p.m. – Free-speech organizations offer support to Gloucester 40, Friday, 12:55 p.m. – Statement from Council of Economic Advisors chair Christina Romer on the fourth quarter 2008 advance GDP estimate,…

Lisa Schirch | The right to self-defense is not a strategy for peace

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From an Israeli perspective, the cost in international outrage and Palestinian civilian lives of the current attacks on Gaza is worth the price of crushing Hamas’s firepower. The goal is seductive, and Israel will likely succeed in slowing the development of rockets by Hamas in the short term. But just like Israel’s siege of Lebanon…